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14. Mr. Kidney: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress he has made towards the target of eradicating child poverty within a generation; and what further action he intends to take in furtherance of meeting this target. 
This Government's policy is that every child should have the opportunity to fulfil its potential. We have already lifted more than half a million children out of relative poverty, and are broadly on track to eradicate child poverty by reducing child poverty by a quarter in a quarter of the time.
Mr. Ivan Lewis: Last month G7 finance ministers agreed a detailed plan to match 100 per cent. bilateral debt write off with 100 per cent. multilateral debt cancellation for the 38 heavily indebted poor countries.
This covers debts owed to the World Bank, International Monetary Fund and African Development fund of some $55 billion. 18 countries will have their debts cancelled immediately, worth around $40 billion once the plan is agreed by IMF and World Bank boards.
Mr. Ivan Lewis: Last month G7 Finance Ministers agreed a detailed plan to match 100 per cent. bilateral debt write off with 100 per cent. multilateral debt cancellation for the 38 heavily indebted poor countries.
This covers debts owed to the World Bank, International Monetary Fund and African Development fund of some 55 billion dollars. 18 countries will have their debts cancelled immediately, worth around 40billion dollars once the plan is agreed by IMF and World Bank boards.
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The Government understand the concerns of people who purchased shared appreciation mortgages in the mid 1990s. However, to date no evidence of mis-selling has been found by the Financial Ombudsman Service.
Mr. Ivan Lewis: At their meeting on 1011 June chaired by the Chancellor, Finance Ministers prepared the economic and financial aspects of the G8 summit. They agreed: that vigorous action was required by each member country to support a smooth adjustment to more balanced growth; a wide-ranging set of actions to improve the operation of the oil market to manage high and volatile prices; and a comprehensive package of measures on debt relief, aid and development. All these agreements will be reflected in discussions at Gleneagles.
Mr. Ivan Lewis: Details of the UK Official Holdings of International Reserves are released monthly and are available from the Treasury website. The latest figures for the end of May, were gross reserves of $47,718 million, equivalent to £26,183 million when converted using the (4 pm) closing market rate of £1=$1.8225 on 31 May.
Mr. Ivan Lewis:
Stamp duty on property transactions raised £1.5 billion in 199798, and stamp duty land tax, which replaced stamp duty in 2003, raised £6.3 billion in 200405.
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David T.C. Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what arrangements were made to ensure the safety of the Prime Minister's wife when she visited the US in June; and what the costs were; 
Mr. Charles Clarke: We seek to ensure the most effective and efficient protective security arrangements for public figures in the light of the changing threat from terrorism and other continuing risks. It is not our policy to comment on the details or costs of protective security arrangements for any individual, as to do so could compromise his or her security.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what value for money procurement savings were identified and what reduction in civil service posts occurred in his Department in 200405. 
Mr. Charles Clarke: In pre-Budget report 2004, the Chancellor reported Office for Government Commerce (OGC) value for money gains in central civil Government procurement for 200304 of £2 billion. OGC value for money procurement gains for 200405 are being calculated and will be published in the 2005 Treasury autumn performance report.
In Budget 2005, the Chancellor announced a headcount reduction of 12,500 posts by the end of 200405, towards the Government's target of a gross reduction of 84,000 civil service and administrative posts by 2008. My Department's performance was reported in the 2005 Home Office annual report (Cm6528); the size of the Department's headquarters was reduced by 876 full time equivalent posts.
Sir Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will answer the letter dated 10 May 2005 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Fanny Garvey. 
Sir Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will answer the letter dated 10 May 2005 from the right hon. member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Ms. Zeinab Abdulrahman al-Hashmi. 
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